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Contemporary Bearsden villa waved through by planners

February 7 2018

Contemporary Bearsden villa waved through by planners
McGinlay Bell Architects have expressed delight after their proposals for a two-storey detached house and driveway in Bearsden won consent from planners at East Dunbartonshire Council.

A disused tennis court at 14 Ellergreen Road has been taken on by a self-build client to create a contemporary four-bedroom home of ‘deconstructed brick’.

Finished in grey and black brick the home has been conceived as a garden pavilion or courtyard house set within an established residential setting in a conservation area.

The architects wrote: “The house has been conceived as a deconstructed brick enclosure that grounds the building to its long, narrow site. The brick enclosure has been opened up to insert a timber and glass pavilion and verandah that sits inside to create a series of sheltered courtyards and garden spaces that admits light into the internal spaces, filtering the view of nature and allowing the dweller to indulge in the passage of time and the changing of the seasons by inviting nature into the building.

“The courtyards capture nature within the embrace of the house, ‘rooms’ of green that are simultaneously indoors and outdoors.”

A condition of planning stipulates retention of protected Scots Pine trees on-site.


#1 Posted by StyleCouncil on 7 Feb 2018 at 15:58 PM
Jolly nice indeed.
#2 Posted by monkey9000 on 7 Feb 2018 at 16:43 PM
"Deconstructed brick" does that mean it's made of dust, clay, water... what does this mean?!
Demountable Dan
#3 Posted by Demountable Dan on 7 Feb 2018 at 16:54 PM
Looks a bit 'old hat' like a load of old portacabins.
#4 Posted by RJB on 7 Feb 2018 at 22:29 PM
Writing lucidly about architecture/design intentions really needs to be taught at architecture school, as the statement in the above article really detracts from the cool image. Maybe a writing style guide like the economists' could be started to help architects write useful/readable design statements.
#5 Posted by MV on 8 Feb 2018 at 08:07 AM
You have to admire the style of the images, they set a point of difference to the majority of other visuals you see on UR (not UR’s fault mind).
#6 Posted by RenderCritic on 8 Feb 2018 at 14:33 PM
Great image, looks like it is influenced by Japanese woodblock printing, an effective composition.
#7 Posted by Philip on 8 Feb 2018 at 19:38 PM
Nicely crafted design and image....without seeing the full scheme of course. A glimmer of hope in a see of architectural dross. Well done M&B...

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